Sometimes cats pant or breathe heavily but it can also be a sign of an underlying condition. Today, our Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic vets will discuss some reasons why your cat is breathing heavily and when an emergency trip to the vet might be necessary.
Do Cats Pant Sometimes?
Panting or heavy breathing is sometimes seen in the healthy cat but it is very unusual. More often panting or labored breathing is an indication that your cat may be suffering from an underlying health issue. If your kitty is experiencing breathing difficulties, take a few moments to assess the situation using the information below.
Is Some Panting Normal For Cats?
Even healthy cats may begin to pant following strenuous exercise (being chased for example) or if they become overheated, or anxious. Nonetheless, panting is very rare in healthy cats. If your feline friend is panting due to stress, overheating, or physical exhaustion, it should gradually resolve itself once your cat has had a chance to relax, calm down, or cool down.
If your cat is struggling to catch their breath, or if its breathing is labored, take a moment to consider what your cat was doing or experiencing right before you noticed its breathing. If you aren't sure why your cat is panting, it’s certainly worth a trip to the vet to check it out.
Why Is My Cat Panting And Breathing Heavily?
If your cat is panting but isn't hot, stressed, or tired from exercise, it could be a sign of an underlying medical issue that requires treatment.
If you think that your pet may be suffering from any of the conditions below, a trip to the emergency veterinary hospital may be needed!